Malawi electricity tariffs up again

Malawians will continue dipping deeper in their pockets to pay for electricity as Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has effected a tariff hike to K57.07 (about $0.10) from the current K53.69 (about $0.08) per kilowatt-hour.

Jere: Mera announced electricity tarrif hike

Jere: Mera announced electricity tarrif hike

This raise represents a 7. 5 percent according to the energy regulator.

According to a statement signed by Mera board chairperson Dingiswayo Jere, Mera approved the hike following a review of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) tariff through the Automatic Tariff Adjustment Formula.

Jere said after considering the impact of inflation rate and exchange rate movement the electricity tariff qualified for an upward adjustment.

Jere explained the tariff was beyond the statutory plus or minus five percent threshold for revising tariffs

“Applying the February 2016 exchange rate and inflation figures on the ATAF, resulted into a 15.64 percent upward electricity tariffs adjustment.

“According the principal of ATAF, the outcome of 15.64 percent is beyond the statutory more or less 5 percent trigger limit of adjusting electricity tariffs to cover the erosion of the electricity tariff due to depreciation of the Kwacha and rising inflation,” reads the statement in part by Jere.

Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) executive director Edward Chilima predicted that electricity tariffs were set to be raised owing to the sharp weakening of the kwacha and rising inflation.

He, however, urged Escom to embrace the public sector reforms that are currently being championed by government, observing that there are a number of inefficiencies in the management of parastatals.

Similarly, Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito queried Escom that it has failed in most of the key performance indicators necessitating further power hike.

In Malawi, electricity tariffs are expected to be reviewed every four years and since 2008, there have been two electricity tariff reviews, the first being from 2009 to 2013 and the second from 2014 to 2017.

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47 thoughts on “Malawi electricity tariffs up again”

  1. Mwana Wa Malawi says:

    Oh shame my poor Malawian we dont have a President in Malawi no cabinet minister and no MPs only shit

  2. Mwana Wa Malawi says:

    This is to prove that President of Malwi and his cabinet has failed shem on you!!! you have to resigne

  3. bec says:

    ndakomoka!

  4. Nyama says:

    Unless salaries for civil servants are also on ATAF. How come with sheer stupidity that you base your pricing system on rate of inflation and exchange rate to increase the tariff? Is the water in free flowing shire river where you generate electricity also looks at inflation? Ask the big Kahuna if the increase is in line with reducing poverty? You are actually decampaigning against this govt that is already dead walking.
    It is high time that leadership of this country has assumed its responsibility otherwise the call for resignation is genuine now.

  5. loonzoh says:

    where is malawi going do you think poor malawian can manage to pay this? in addition to shortage of maize the who country.

  6. James Tsamwa says:

    No 31, which one?

  7. Okhala says:

    when will Malawians hear that Electricity tariffs has gone down?

  8. Sapitwa says:

    Yes. Just make sure you give me the electricity all round with no load shedding. I can pay happily on this condition.

  9. Zero Hour says:

    APA NDIYE ZIFUKWA ZA MADEMO ZAKWANA BASI! No maize and electricity tariffs continuously rising. GOSH!

  10. Mathanyula says:

    is there any leader in Malawi?

  11. Bolero says:

    The rate hike is still lower than the African electricity tarrif at US$0.13 per kiiowatt-hour

  12. Sweet says:

    My good bosses, please know that Malawians are poor. Kumamvako chisoni nthawi zina. Komatu kumwambaku kuli Mulungu.

  13. Vyantonda says:

    a country full dead pple

  14. vyamtonda says:

    heeeeee heeeeeee! government reforms this country is full of dead pple

  15. KUCHITEKETE says:

    all this is to supplement the failed govt budget coz MRA has fail to collect taxes.my salary is still the same poor malawian man made issue 577 billion

  16. wika says:

    A MALAWI TONSE NDIFE ZITSIRU. PETER AKULAMULIRA ANTHU AKUFA. CHONCHI ANTHU ANGASIYE KUBA/ KATANGALE? NDIYE CHITSIRU CHINA CHIZITI TISIYE KUWONONGA CHILENGEDWE .MOMWE MAGETSI AKWELERAMU ANGAKWANITSE KUPIKILA MAGETSI NDANI.

  17. Kanyimbi says:

    Did the president approve this?

  18. mbuzi says:

    Ndiye bwino a ESCOM. Amalawi amangodziwa kulalata pa nyasatimes ndi kutukwana koma they can’t group and protest ku ESCOM ayi.
    Mwachita bwino mukwezenso mawa. Kkkkkk kkkkkkk kkkkkkkk
    Mbuzi zomangodziwa kudandaula. Kkkkkkkk

  19. thinktankmalawi says:

    Malawians..Kodi mukamati govt is dormant…who is to blame…??any government is a reflection of the governed.Who is supposed to put government on it’s feet?The governed.who is supposed to demand better services from government?The governed.Who is supposed to register anger at the way things are going?The governed.Malawi is not a peaceful nation..but silent nation..even in the face of adversity..

    .

  20. Jongwe says:

    We need a revolution in Malawi

  21. Yusuf Jafali says:

    Bwampini akungoyang’ana osalankhulapo kanthu anthu ake akuvutika. ndalama zikupita ku DPP hence. mudzakolora.

  22. Rodriguas says:

    They have raised blackouts tarrifs. Solution is for all to instal solar panels and leave escom alone, I can forsee this happening in the near future and like post office will cry wolf.

  23. Mawu says:

    Wawa a former chair a Chanco SCOM. From Chair to Chair.

  24. ineyo says:

    This is the same as telling me that my salary has been reduced yet again. Shame.

  25. Stanley says:

    Inu kodi mukufuna amalawi athawe dziko lawo lomwe kodi please be considerate cos we are already payg alot for other necessities

  26. WAMISALA says:

    BWANJI NTHAWI YA
    A NGWAZI KAMUZU NDI MCP
    ZINTHU SI ZIMAKWERA MWAUTSIRU CHONCHI ???

    KOMA AKULU AKULU
    MUTILANKHULITSA PAMBALI
    MWAMVA ??
    SHUPIT ZANU NONSE MMAUDINDOMO !!

    IBWERENSO MCP BASI !!

  27. Anthony DC says:

    Goodnesss me!

  28. Do what ever you feel like doing, afterall we’re slaves in our own country, we have no say, we are the voiceless. What is remaining now is to kill us. The prepaid mt to those who have arreas you deduct 95%…really?? We are just praying for a competitor for a change

  29. Kamuzu Banda says:

    Dingiswayo Jere and your stupid DPP, please dont refuse proposals for civil service salary increment on the same basis on inflation. Ndimwe vindere vakufikapo.

  30. ichocho says:

    koma ma black out ngosayamba mbuzi za anthu inu

  31. mmalawi says:

    ÀTAF

  32. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Fakeni

  33. Mada Mfumu katema says:

    Amalawi tizingodikira kufa basi. Ndalama tilibe, chakudya chadula. Magesi ndiamenewa. Mvulanso kulibe.TIYENI TILAPE TIBWELERE KWAMULUNGU.

  34. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    Zinthu zavuta ku likulu. Amayenda mmbali, amaona ngati nzophweka JB kuyendetsa boma kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  35. Chipuwa says:

    As am reading this article, am in a third blackout of the day.

  36. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    You tell me Mr President and your Veep.
    Do we have to weep;
    For you to feel the need;
    To do something, not just in word (as you always do) but also in deed?
    Why do you both not seem concerned as if you are high on weed?
    Or people concerned only with themselves because of greed?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Tell me the wrong which to you, I did;
    So that from you, I should deserve this shit;
    Yet taxes from my salary, businesses and consumption to you, I give;
    Even from the ultra-poor, taxes you collect without even a sense of guilt;
    Are you convinced that a strong relationship between you and us will continue to build?
    As all you can give in return is a silent and zipped mouth, which when open; smells like filth?
    So that come 2019, we shall dance to the same reggae-blue and eat similar fruits?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Simply put, this electricity tariff-hike is, to us all; a very big blow;
    Because no matter how much we bark at it, our salary keeps refusing to grow;
    Yet the tree whose fruits are prices of goods and services, keeps growing tall;
    And our business revenues in this chaotic macroeconomic environment, continue to fall;
    Hence a serious attack on our pocket that leaves nothing short of a big whole;
    Yet if we ask you to pave way for others, for you seem to have failed; you angrily refuse to go?
    You people are being very unfair to us all.
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  37. master says:

    koma ziliko ku malawi, all this is happening under the wise and dynamic leadership of PROF,peter mutharika wake-up from slumber show us if indeed u r the current president, otherwise i still think u are on sabatical leave and the country is on autopilot!!!!

  38. dikamawoko says:

    Mr kapito which indicators ? Does escom report to cama and where did escom sit down with cama to agree on these performance indicators. don’t comment on basis of ignorance

  39. Cashgate1 says:

    UUUUUUmmmh, How I wish the same principles or formula (ATAF) applied in adjusting Fuel & Electricity would be used in adjusting people’s salary. Malawi would have been a better place. But eeeeish! My boss says salary yanga ya make dzana ija ndiyokwana, how ironic?

  40. wopa uyo wandasange says:

    karanga ife!chimanga ndi magetsi tisankha chete amalawi?

  41. opportunist says:

    What about our salaries. Last time it was hiked 33%.Lord have mercy

  42. Aweee! says:

    Mbaya mwe!

  43. Lupwito says:

    Uwu nde ngusilu ngusilu wachamba weni-weni. vikakukanikani lekani basi koma killing the innocent pipo like that demet, pathako panu DPP.

  44. Cheyo the real northerner says:

    I think the current government is too much idle than people expects from it. How can the whole president of the republic become so mute into issues that hardly affect his people. It is my prayer that God should convene in the way he knows better in a very swift manner, otherwise the country is running into very difficult situation. People are becoming so poor now days than they were in five or six decades ago. This is bad. God intervene.

  45. Kukamwan nyindu says:

    Black people when they manage a company, they can not differentiate between capital funds and profits. They eat every thing and then increase price for consumer.

  46. Tukombo says:

    ……….and Malawians remain dormant

  47. Dwambazi says:

    This is truly monkey business.

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